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3G modules from ublox, touted as world's smallest

Posted: 16 Dec 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ublox  3G module  2G  mobile connectivity  LTE 

ublox has introduced the latest 3G variants under its SARA product line that the company said are the industry's smallest surface mount UMTS/HSPA cellular modems. The SARA-U series is available either as a 3G only version, or with 2G fall-back capability, and targets various industrial M2M, vehicle and consumer applications.

Applications include connected navigation systems, mobile-internet devices, security and surveillance systems, eCall, fleet management, metering, anti-theft and usage-based insurance systems, and battery driven handheld applications.

SARA-U UMTS/HSPA modules promise to provide efficient and cost-effective high-speed mobile connectivity in an ultra-small 16 x 26mm LGA form factor. Two of the four variants, the SARA-U260 and SARA-U270, provide GSM/GPRS fallback while SARA-U280 and SARA-U290 are cost-efficient 3G-only variants. The modules are pin-compatible with SARA-G3 GSM/GPRS modules, as well as layout compatible with LISA-C2 CDMA and TOBY-L1 LTE modules to support future-proof 4G designs.

All SARA modules share the exact same form-factor and footprint, and are designed to support ublox's "Nested Design" philosophy that enables modems to be "hot-swapped" across the entire range of ublox's 2G, 3G and 4G cellular modems.

SARA provides a perfect solution to a wide range of M2M applications requiring UMTS/HSPA, GSM/GPRS, voice and/or data, plus optional Internet suite (embedded TCP/IP, UDP/IP, HTTP and FTP). In-band modem support for eCall and ERA GLONASS vehicle emergency call applications is also provided. Extremely low power consumption makes SARA perfect for battery powered communication applications.

The SARA Land Grid Array (LGA) form factor enables extremely compact designs and supports A-GPS for accelerated positioning used in telematics devices. It also supports ublox' unique CellLocate hybrid positioning technology to facilitate advanced location-aware systems requiring indoor positioning.

RIL software for Android and Embedded Windows is available free of charge. SARA-U UMTS/HSPA module prototypes are available in February 2014. Samples are available in April 2014.

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